Dame Helen Alexander

Dame Helen Alexander (Photo: Financial Times/Flickr)

We are sad to learn of the death of our distinguished alumna Dame Helen Alexander, who passed away on 5 August, aged 60.

Helen read Geography at Hertford College from 1975-1978 and went on to become one of Britain's most influential and successful women in business.

She was CEO of The Economist Group from 1997 until 2008 and became the first female president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 2011. Amongst others, she held directorships with Huawei Technologies, Rolls-Royce Group, Thomson Reuters UBM plc and Bain Capital.

In 2004, she was awarded a CBE for services to publishing and later, in 2011, a DBE for services to business.